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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 29, 2010 10:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Music To Be Born By' Mickey Hart

PG - I'm glad that your experience was positive. Mickey just didn't work at all for us. But everything else did and today I'm the very proud father of a fine 15-year-old young lady who despite not having any music to be born by has an ear that puts mine to shame.

:-)

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jun 29, 2010 10:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Music To Be Born By' Mickey Hart

Well that's the point of the article I referenced. Playing music (of any kind) has not proved to have any effect on the later development of the child. Whatever makes you feel most comfortable as parents to be is what's important to relieve your own stress.

I also spent a lot of time talking to my children in the womb. Did it have an effect? When my son was just born and the nurses were cleaning him up, I said "hello Dylan" and he opened his eyes and looked straight at me. The nurse said "look, he recognizes your voice." Did he, or was he just responding to a noise he heard? I like to think he did recognize the sound, it's just as likely he didn't, but it makes for a better story saying that he did, and it makes me feel good.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 29, 2010 10:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Music To Be Born By' Mickey Hart

Those findings were well reported in the press over here as well.

Yes, you're absolutely right that the most important thing is for the mother to be as comfortable as possible throughout the experience (the father's role is to support and his comfort is of secondary importance if it's important at all). Similarly to your experience, just after our daughter was born she seemed to take in the room with a very alert assessing gaze, but wishful thinking and the emotion of the moment will put all sorts of unsupportable notions into your head.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jun 29, 2010 11:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Music To Be Born By' Mickey Hart

They definitely recognize your voice. Nothing mysterious about this, after all the baby can hear in there, and assuming they're neurologically "normal," naturally they recognize voices that they've heard frequently for 9 months. Whether it's Dad or Jerry Garcia.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 29, 2010 4:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Music To Be Born By' Mickey Hart

My son was breach, and my husband spent a lot of time saying to my belly, "Hey kid! This is your father speaking! Turn around the right way, now!"

He didn't listen. Guess he was already practicing to be a teenager.

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